Are some dogs homosexuals?

By Kodichukwu Okonkwo, DVM | December 4th, 2019

I moved to a new house from where I lived because I needed space for my dogs. One morning I was cleaning up my car after releasing my dogs to play and exercise. My neighbor was going to work that morning and decided to greet. He acknowledged to me that he learnt I was a vet and asked if I could help him get a Caucasian puppy. While we were talking my two male dogs started to show some homosexual tendencies. They were mounting each other like they were mating.

The action of the dogs got my neighbor to ask me if my dogs are gay. I quickly told him not to mind the dogs because each of them have fathered some puppies individually. I explained that they keep doing that and that I have tried to stop them, but they never stopped.

Some dogs at puppy stage, even as adults might exhibit some gay-looking behaviors by trying to mate with a dog of same sex. Having observed many dogs I guess it’s an instinct that helps them to practice the act until they meet a ready female (female on heat). The dogs in the above story have fought before and inflicted serious wounds on each other due to a female on heat while they were competing to mate. They still return to their ‘gay’ act when no female is on heat.

Female dogs or bitches also do the same as the males. They would mount another male or female showing the male style action of mating.

I visited a friend whose pet dog (a 4-year-old male Lhasa Apso) started trying to mate with my legs. I was sitting with my two legs close together when he came and started the mating act towards my legs. I was told that they don’t keep their legs like that anymore because of that dog. I quickly separated my legs so he stopped. It was a funny scenario.

I don’t know if there is a solution to this than to have a female (bitch) around. The females hate being mounted when they are not on heat. They can get aggressive to get the male off and most times the males tend to behave better or stop until the right time.


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    Kodichukwu Okonkwo, DVM

    Founder of Fairvet Animal Clinic Ltd since 2011, studied at the University of Nigeria Nsukka. He is well experienced in small animal, large animal & poultry medicine, and also skilled at zoo medicine. He loves animals and builds both professional and personal relationship with pet owners in order to sustain a good interaction with pet and animal owners, coupled with His great skills in programming; he brought about which he personally built from scratch.

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